Discussion in 'Warner Marine' started by Jon Warner, Feb 3, 2011.
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So, if I add this to my tank, I can remove my fuge correct? It seems as though it is a must to not have one to allow as much PO4 to be removed from the tank,
How long do the bacteria blooms last?
I wasn't thinking the same question...It seems that this would compete with a fuge, and win. Should I purposely not have a fuge if I use ecoBAK in a reactor?
ecoBAK vs. fuge...
your macroalgae will have a tough time competing with ecoBAK. If you want to run a fuge... run the ecoBAK AFTER the fuge so the fuge gets raw water from the system first.
And bacterial blooms on higher nutrient systems last approximately 3-5 days. Low nutrient systems will not see a bacterial bloom.
So, with a new tank, starting ecBAK, would you suggest having a fuge with a DSB(no macro algae) or not having a fuge at all?
I have been wanting to get rid of my fuge due to algae always making it to my return pump and slowing it down. I may have to buy this and deal with the bloom for a few days.
What would you consider high and low nutrient loads?
I have both a fuge and biopellets.
My experiences with using different pumps for each:
Cheato can't compete while I don't think it is dying(or if it is, its doing it very slowly) it hasn't seemed to really grow.
Caluerpa is very slowly growing.
My experience having water go through the pellets then the fuge:
Caluerpa didn't grow at all.
And about water flow through ecoBAK... I like to see the pellets in the reactor moving but not fully fluidized. All pellets should be in motion, but not necessarily all at the same time. It's ok if one side is moving more than the other. Excessive flow will make the ecoBAK more aggressive which is OK for a low nutrient SPS tank but may be too aggressive for a higher nutrient mixed reef. Low flow may cause a stagnant reactor and problems. Look for gently tumbling... 100gph through the typical 3-4" diameter reactor is a good place to start.
80-90% of ecoBAK users are able to discontinue using GFO for PO4 removal!
Where can I purchase ecoBak?
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